I wasn't sure that I liked the sudden addition of paranormal elements this far into the series. I do like PNR, but I think the KGI series is much bettI wasn't sure that I liked the sudden addition of paranormal elements this far into the series. I do like PNR, but I think the KGI series is much better without it. A lot of the dialogue between MCs had me rolling my eyes because it was so corny. Way too much sweet talk going on here. It didn't seem to fit either character. I still love the series and I will definitely be continuing. I just hope the books after Grace gets her HEA will be more like the first few in the series: focusing more on the characters and their skills, with little or no paranormal stuff....more
The romance in this book was amazing! I don't usually like to read books where the MC's have a past because I've always thought that it gives the readThe romance in this book was amazing! I don't usually like to read books where the MC's have a past because I've always thought that it gives the reader less time to get to know the characters individually. That wasn't the case here. The characterization was very strong and you could almost feel the tension between Scott and Cole. I really loved them together.
I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to know the K-9s more, but with all that was going on there probably wasn't time to devote page after page to them. Still, there was enough that I got a sense of their personalities.
You can't say D.D Ayres doesn't do her homework. There was so much info about K-9s and their training, plus undercover operations, that everything felt very real and seamless. Very well-done.
I'd highly recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense and to animal lovers.
Thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, and to Netgalley for the free review copy. ...more
There is something about a man who loves animals...
This was a thrilling book. I loved the characters and the interactions between them. The author didThere is something about a man who loves animals...
This was a thrilling book. I loved the characters and the interactions between them. The author did a great job of describing how K-9 officers' train and work together, without delving in to so much detail that the reader is swamped. The writing was very well done.
The characters were well-defined and interesting. They had a lot of personality. Bogart, the K-9, was one of the best animal characters I've read in a while.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic suspense.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the free review copy! ...more
"I wake to a quiet world. There's this stillness so strong that I can feel it in the hairs on the backs of my arms, and I can right away tell that thi
"I wake to a quiet world. There's this stillness so strong that I can feel it in the hairs on the backs of my arms, and I can right away tell that this quiet is the sound of a million things and fourteen bodies not here and one boy breathing alone."
This was a beautiful story. It was lyrical and captured all of the emotion and confusion of the aftermath of 9/11 and the D.C. sniper shootings. Craig brings animals home and cares for them. It's his way of coping with events that have happened in his past. He wants to fix them, make them better. He also wants to fix Lio, his quiet friend who barely says a word most days.
Their friendship was sweet and I loved seeing each of them them through the other's eyes.
"I cry, like, all the time," I say. He nods. "I know." A smile plays with his mouth. "It's okay. Sometimes I get cancer."
I really connected with Lio. He is quiet but sure of himself...usually. Mostly he just feels talked out and doesn't want to be seen as the cancer boy anymore. The thing I loved most about Lio is that he was fully capable of fixing himself. I think it's too common in books these days (especially YA) to find a character that has to rely on another person to fix them. It creates a power imbalance and an unequal relationship, IMO.
"I don't want to die, but I wish waking up every morning didn't feel like such a fuck-you every single time."
This was a very beautiful book. I was constantly making notes because some of the passages were just so beautiful that I had to read them over and over. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes YA romance....more
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley*
This is the first I've read from the series and the author, and even though this is the 4th book i*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley*
This is the first I've read from the series and the author, and even though this is the 4th book in the series I still understood enough that I could get on quite well.
It is a short book so there wasn't much lead-in to the romance (though that may have been in the previous books) and there wasn't a great deal of character development. That's understandable, since this book is only about 79 pages long.
My first impression: it's interesting that this is a romance with older characters than usually found in romance. Hugo is close to fifty, I think, and Moira was in her mid-to-late forties. I'm all for a little variety so I was glad after the initial shock wore off.
It wasn't an amazing book, but neither was it bad. It was a little forgettable for me. I'm not sure I'd continue the series. People who have read the entire series may have more interest in it, though.
**slight spoiler ahead** Hugo is an ass. Just because he didn't mean to be an ass doesn't mean he isn't one. He's been pining for one untouchable woman his entire life, because untouchable means he won't have to risk his heart even though he is interested in Moira. Poor Moira. She deserves so much more than to be regretting him for a decade. And this woman wanted babies! Ten years ago she could have easily had them...now, less likely. Screw you, Hugo.
I liked this one. It's the first M/F book I've read by Bonnie Dee. I loved the other books I've read by her so I thought I'd give this one a shot.
I wI liked this one. It's the first M/F book I've read by Bonnie Dee. I loved the other books I've read by her so I thought I'd give this one a shot.
I was intrigued by Mason and I tolerated Ava. This is not unusual for me. I have a difficult time relating to heroines, anyway. I liked that both characters were a little messed-up but their personalities complimented each other nicely.
There were a few things that I wish Ms. Dee had explained more. Some details were just glossed over and even the main characters didn't seem to be trying to understand it. I think in reality they would be trying to figure out why that happened and if it can be done again. Most people don't just let things like that go.
All in all, Beloved Healer was pretty entertaining. It was light, fluffy, and a little sexy. Definitely a fun read. I just might not be in a rush to buy it.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* ...more
I received an ARC copy of Cold Iron from the publisher through Netgalley.
I loved the idea of this book more than the actual result. I grew up with anI received an ARC copy of Cold Iron from the publisher through Netgalley.
I loved the idea of this book more than the actual result. I grew up with an intense fascination with everything Celtic, especially ancient Irish history. Maybe that was the problem. Maybe I let my expectations get too high. If you don't particularly care about the Irish setting, then you'll probably love the book a lot more than I did, for reasons explained below.
The story began with Beth and her ex investigating an ancient burial mound in Ireland. That was definitely something I could get into. It was like history at my fingertips! It didn't even have to be all that accurate, I just wanted more. But much sooner than I expected Conn arrived, and even though he was very 'when you want the woman, you just take the woman' I was determined that I was going to like him. Because he's Irish and the image on the cover is smokin' hot. I even liked Beth because she was turning out to be pretty tough. But then she just up and left Ireland to go back to a major American city. What! Where is my Irish atmosphere? I want rolling green hills and small Irish inns with their interesting characters. I wanted to hear more about the burial mound itself. Everything Irish was quickly swept away to be replaced with everyday American life. 'Ok, that's fine', I thought. At least he's an Irish warrior. That counts, right? Wrong. Out of Ireland, and without the setting to constantly remind me of where he came from, Conn became just another alpha male with supernatural abilities. He made the transition to modern Boston life so well that I quickly lost a lot of interest in his character. I know the Fae in the story do get out every once in a while, but you would think he would still retain a lot of his Irish 'otherness'. The characters themselves were ok, but not very engaging. Beth was sweet and tough, and I should have liked her a lot. I'm not sure why I didn't love her. She was by far the stronger of the two. Toward the end of the book, she was definitely kicking ass and taking names. You go girl!
I think most of my disappointment stemmed from the fact that this book didn't take place in Ireland like I thought it would. Horrible, I know.
Things I liked about the book:
The Fae are described as cruel and unfeeling. Good. I like that better than a lot of the gentle fairy people stories.
Micah. He was a secondary character, but he had a lot more character depth than the two main characters. I enjoyed the chapters with him in them.
THE COVER!!! I mean...WOW!
I think the next book will be very interesting. I'm sure I'll like it a lot more because I'll know what to expect....more
So bored..... The characters were flat and detached, there wasn't much going on, and there was way too much talk about computer coding for me to remainSo bored..... The characters were flat and detached, there wasn't much going on, and there was way too much talk about computer coding for me to remain interested. I wasn't impressed....more